Kalamazoo Cooking Classes for All Ages


Let’s Get Cooking

Cereal for dinner again?

For many parents, cooking can be a chore. Many of us make the same meals on a regular basis, rarely venturing outside of our culinary comfort zones. Add kids’ activities and parent’s work schedules into the mix, and we often don’t have sufficient time or ingredients to make the meals we want. Before you break out the corn flakes for dinner again, why not check out local cooking classes?

We’ve rounded up just shy of a baker’s dozen list of classes for adults to polish their cooking and baking skills. Different schools and restaurants offer courses in meals (soups, appetizers, pasta), specific cooking techniques (knifing, butchering) and meal themes (vegan, grain free, country-specific dishes).

Have a kid passionate about baking? We’ve noted a few places specializing in sessions for children to craft an array of bountiful sweets.


Hands-On Cooking and Baking Classes in Greater Kalamazoo

“Can I help make dinner?”

A great way to bond with your children is to cook together. Whether it’s preparing dinner or baking the favorite family recipe for chocolate chip cookies, kids can have a lot of fun in the kitchen too. We’ve highlighted the local spots that include classes for the next generation of chefs.

Cake N Candy
4104 S Sprinkle Rd, Kalamzoo, MI 49001

Each month offers a new theme for kids classes at Cakes N Candy. They will be led step by step through the decorating process and will come home with a tasty treat that they decorated themselves.
Schedule: Monthly Class

Cooking classes for kids
Downtown Market Grand Rapids
435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Downtown Market offers courses in multiple categories: Dinner Series, Cocktails, Workshops, and Greenhouse.
Kids: Children aged 16+ are permitted in most adult courses (excludes cocktail series). Also offers courses for kids and teens (ages 7-11 and 12-15).

Food Dance
401 E Michigan Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Tastings (wine, bourbon), cooking skills (butchering, knifing) and cooking courses (soups, grilling) are all options offered at Food Dance’s classes.
Schedule: Varies, most courses are on weekdays from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

JOANN Fabric & Crafts
5420 Beckley Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49015

Kids can participate in a Learn to Decorate with Frosting class where they will learn how to prepare, fill, and use decorating bags, and also basic piping techniques. Other decorating classes for kids are occasionally offered, such as cookie decorating classes.

Kellogg Community College
450 North Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017

Making bread, cheese, and gardening techniques are all covered on their campus in Battle Creek.
Schedule: Varies, most courses are weekdays from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
418 E Walnut St, Kalamzoo, MI 49007

KVCC’s classes feature both a chef and registered dietician as they explore both cooking and nutrition. Classes cover specific foods (making pasta, baked goods) and foods by location (Thai street food, Rustic Italian).
Schedule: Weekdays, starting at 5:30 PM.

Kids: Family cooking classes, cooking fundamentals for kids

Portage Community Education
1010 W Milham Ave, Portage, MI 49024

Need to perfect your Instant Pot Skills? Portage offers courses on Instant Pots and more topics throughout the year.
Schedule: Varies. Most courses are on weekdays from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

The Henderson Castle
100 Monroe St, Kalamazoo, MI 49006

This historic bed and breakfast hosts classes in their teaching kitchen on weekends.
Schedule: Weekends, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Kids: Classes offered for ages 7-14

cooking class
The People’s Food Co-op
507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The People’s Food Co-op classes include vegan options, soup making, and more.
Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Kids: Children (aged 12-17) can attend for FREE with a paid adult

Online Course (Adult)

Kellogg Community College
450 North Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49017

No time to attend courses in person? Kellogg Community College offers online-only courses as a flexible option for learning at home when your schedule permits.

In-Home Subscription (Kids)


Another option for your budding chef is Raddish, a monthly subscription service. Each monthly kit (aimed at ages 4-14) includes illustrated recipes, grocery lists, kid-friendly cooking tools and skill cards to work on their culinary techniques.